After a surgery my husband had years ago (with resulting secondary infection and IV antibiotic use), his gut needed a touch extra help. A gut rehabilitation he was following at the time (see below) suggested he try making a cumin coriander fennel tea to assist his bloating and digestive problems.
It worked! Now we are big fans of this ancient Ayurvedic remedy.
Also called CCF Tea (for obvious reasons), we use this recipe any time one among us has nausea, constipation, or an indigestion, or simply needs a comforting nightcap.
Why to undertake Cumin Coriander and Fennel Tea
The taste of this tea may be a little unusual as you would possibly imagine (in fact, we jokingly call it “Taco Tea”) but it seems that this three-seed tea features a host of advantages.
In combination, these potent spices have a singular soothing ability and albeit I wasn’t on the protocol, I found this blend relaxing as a night tea or as a mid-morning drink for mental clarity. During post-partum it also appeared to increase my milk supply and calm my baby’s stomach also.
(Note that this is able to not be the simplest choice for anyone on an autoimmune paleo type diet because it does contain seeds, but those that can consume spices and seeds can enjoy this tea).
Here’s why these spices are so beneficial:
Cumin features a long history with documented use in ancient Greece and Rome, also as in biblical times. In fact, evidence of the utilization of cumin as a remedy was even found within the tombs of ancient Egypt and in writings from ancient India.
Now modern studies show the ancients knew what they were doing when it came to cumin. Studies show it can help:
Cumin is additionally the source of black cumin oil, which also features a long history of medicinal use in various cultures.
Some people notice skin benefits from using cumin also. I even use it during this DIY antioxidant face scrub recipe.
Coriander is that the seed of the cilantro plant. It also features a long history of use in Asia and Mediterranean countries for thousands of years. Evidence of its use was found in ancient Sanskrit text and in ancient Egypt.
In cooking, it’s often a part of curry blends and is employed to flavor gin and certain other alcohols.
It has been used as a digestive remedy throughout history and is additionally documented as getting used as a soothing spice to calm an anxious mind. it’s also sometimes utilized in tinctures and remedies for respiratory problems, urinary issues, and systema nervosum disorders.
Another spice with a history of ancient use by the Chinese, Indian, Egyptian, Roman, and Greek cultures as a carminative (remedy for bloating and gas) and expectorant (respiratory remedy).
It is often given to nursing mothers to enhance milk supply and since its soothing properties seem to assist calm a colicky baby through the milk also.
It is found in recipes in many cultures, especially in Italy and France.
Read more about the advantages of fennel (+ recipes) here.
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Benefits of Cumin Coriander and Fennel Tea
Some of the advantages often related to this tea are:
- Improved Digestion– All of the spices utilized in this recipe are related to better digestion and are carminative (meaning they reduce bloating and gas).
- Possible Fat Loss– This tea may help improve fat loss consistent with some preliminary studies.
- Increased Milk Production in Nursing Moms– I noticed this effect, which is sensible because fennel and cumin are often recommended to assist increase milk supply.
- Soothing for Colicky Babies-Another effect I noticed personally as this tea appeared to have a soothing effect not only on my very own digestion but on babies too.
How to Make CCF Tea (Cumin Coriander and Fennel Tea)
Unlike some herbal remedies (homemade cough drops… I’m watching you), this remedy couldn’t be easier to form with a couple of basic supplies and a few cumin, fennel, and coriander seeds.
I’ll warn you that the taste may be a bit unusual, especially if your main method of tea consumption tends to be of the sweet tea variety. i really like its warming quality though and find it very calming and soothing (and i feel you’ll too!).
Also, Christa (founder of the entire Journey and therefore the Gut Thrive in 5 courses… find her on my podcast here) recommends adding some lemon or lime and a few raw honey to assist the flavor.
You can also pour the tea over ice to form an iced version that’s a touch more enjoyable (though I found the recent variety more soothing).
I’m no expert in Ayurveda so I’m unsure there are any additional health benefits, but I noticed an excellent taste enjoy adding a pinch of cinnamon or a couple of slices of fresh ginger root to the brewed tea.
Using CCF Spices in Other Recipes
On their own, these spices are a number of my favorites to use in cooking, so I always have them round the house. you’ll use these spices for:
Cumin Coriander and Fennel Tea for Digestion
A soothing and earthy herb tea that’s beneficial for the gastrointestinal system in reducing gas and bloating and which features a long history of use in Ayurveda.
- Optional prep step: For the simplest flavor, i prefer to roast the seeds on a baking sheet at 350 for about 5-8 minutes until fragrant and golden. this is often optional but I find it really improves the flavor.
- Grind the seeds- place the fennel, coriander and cumin seeds during a coffee mill or use a mortar and pestle to make a fine powder.
- Place this powder and therefore the water during a small saucepan and convey to a boil. Simmer for five minutes until fragrant and take away from heat. Add cinnamon or ginger if using and stir. Let cool to warm before adding raw honey (if using). Note: some sources recommend letting the spices soak within the water for up to an hour before simmering, though i have never noticed any extra benefit when I’ve done this personally.
- Strain through a fine mesh metal strainer and drink immediately or pour over ice for a cool drink. also, can be made in big batches, cooled and kept within the refrigerator until able to consume.
Can I use already ground spices? In theory, yes, though all original sources recommend using whole dried spices and using immediately before brewing.
Here may be a video of Christa showing the way to make this tea:
I would not personally drink fennel tea during pregnancy on faith with a doctor or midwife, as there’s some anecdotal evidence that fennel may cause uterine contractions. Of course, it’s important to see with a doctor before using this or the other natural remedy, especially for those with any existing health condition.
This article was medically reviewed by Madiha Saeed, MD, a board-certified family physician. As always, this is often not personal medical advice and that we recommend that you simply talk together with your doctor.
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